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Published: Monday, Oct. 24 2011 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"Sophomore Griff Robles will be the backup, with walk-on freshman Adam Schulz manning the No. 3 spot. Whittingham said the plan to redshirt freshman Tyler Shreve is still on."

In other words, the Utah QB cupboard is bare. Whittingham has to start Hays because he has absolutely no other options.

The only reason the Utes still have a chance to play in a bowl this year is because UCLA, Washington State, and Colorado are even worse than the QB-less Utes.

South Jordan, UT

We are in trouble.

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

having devonte back will be huge. He is a playmaker. The best one we have on the team. His presence will help Hays tremendously.

Sandy, UT

Hang in there Hays, just work on your game.

It will be ugly for a bit, but he is all we have. Ute fans should not complain about him, even though he has practically lost the last few games for us, we have no others. At LEAST he has experience over the 3rd string QB. We need to rally behind him. It probably doesn't help when you know your own fan base despises you. Let's just get through the season with him (hopefully) learning and progressing each game. He has the potential, no doubt. Let's stick it to Oregon St. The remaining schedule should be at a good level for a 2nd stringer to really improve and get some confidence.


Salt Lake City, UT

Bring back TD Croshaw!!!

Roy, UT

Personally I think the Utes will be LUCKY to find themselves going BOWLING this year! If they hit 6-6 they might get the opportunity! They have all Pac-12 games left, and a couple are supposed to be Powderpuff teams. I don't know that they can beat any of them actually? I think the Utes have more than they can chew in the Pac-12 which really isn't that great of a Conference in my eyes? Who is left? Oregon State, UCLA, Colorado are all about the weakest teams left I believe? They should be UCLA? I mean afterall, BYU has beaten them 2 of the last 3 meetings, and they Killed them right? Oregon State might be a winable game for them, so that's two! Then Colorado would guarentee them a bowl, maybe they can go to say... The VEGAS BOWL? I see them finishing 5-7, their big game was beating BYU for bragging rights! BYU will at least get the Armed Forces Bowl as consulation, but finishing 10-2 or 9-3 should help them do a bit better. The Texas game hangs on Doman's head still, but it was a learning experience! Go Utes!

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT



Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I hope the coaching staff is looking really hard at JC players to fill in for depth next season. We've got some serious problems with depth in our offense that need to be addressed and HS recruits aren't going to help with that for a few years. This highlights a weakness in recruiting that needs to be addressed with the coaches.

Salt Lake City, UT

Who is in charge of recruiting back up quarterbacks at Utah?

Asleep on the job?

Too bad Chase Hansen is still at Lone Peak High School. He's their best qb right now...Wynn included.

It's great to be a UTE!

Highland, UT

@mormon ute

Of course I've been telling you that exact same thing since utah's spring game. You have complained that I don't know what I'm talking about and am just a hater. Now you agree with me but then of course I was correct all along.


Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Mormon Ute:

There appears to be slim pickings amid the JUCO ranks for a decent QB. Rivals only lists ONE top-ranked JC QB: Ryan Mossakowski. He's a Pro-style QB, but he's in Mississippi, and that's not an area we recruit very hard. It looks like we're gonna have to really stick close to Wilson and Hansen. Either one would be a huge asset to our depth at that position. Chow would be a great tutor for Wilson, and Johnson should do well with Hansen.


I don't think Ute fans "despise" Hays. We just don't care for the lack of depth and development at his position at this point in time. Don't forget that Hays wasn't part of the Utah program until this summer, so he didn't get the benefit of Spring training. I doubt any Ute fan expected much from him.

Now Robles and Shreve are a different story. THEY are the real disappointment thus far. Both had the benefit of the Spring, but even THEN couldn't even beat out a former D-II player who had no business taking snaps at the D-I level, much less in the Pac-12.


Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT


And yet, you were firmly in the Heaps camp too. I guess you missed that one. Regardless of the apparent recruiting mistakes of our coaching staff, I'll take their judgement over yours any day.

Naval Vet,

I'm just hoping for a short term solution to get us through next season. I'm suggesting they may have to go beyond normal recruiting routine to get the help we need. I think the decision to red shirt Shreeve is an effort to start building depth for the future with a couple of top notch HS kids coming in. Keep in mind, Chase Hansen has said he is committed to serving an LDS mission right out of HS so he's not going to help us for a couple of years. Wilson is looking good and I would love to see him starting in two years. Both Hansen and Wilson are big enough that I hope injuries won't be an issue like they are with Wynn. It will be a long couple of seasons, if we have to live with what we've got. Unless the coaches can figure out a way to help the kids we have be successful.

Salt Lake City, UT

Actually, I think Wash St will give your s. run for your money. They at least have a decent QB.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Naval Vet
Robles hasn't spent much time at QB for Utah. Kyle moved him to RB his freshman year and then to LB for this year. He hasn't had any time there to learn the position.

he would have had 2 years to learn that position, if you hadn't been moved around all willy-nilly like.


Kyle's starting to look as wishy-washy as Crowton.

Bountiful, UT

@Mormon Ute
"And yet, you were firmly in the Heaps camp too. I guess you missed that one. Regardless of the apparent recruiting mistakes of our coaching staff, I'll take their judgement over yours any day."

A lot of people missed on the Heaps thing including every high school recruiting service in the country. Since he's only a sophomore, the jury is still out on him.

But to say you'd prefer to be playing your historic first season in the Pac 12 with a D2 QB and no qualified backups because your Head Coach diverted all of his recruited QB's to other positions (Devonte Christopher to WR, Brian Blechen to LB and Griff Robles to RB and then to LB) sounds a bit disengenuous.

The truth is, this is a major blunder. Whitt depleted the depth at THE most important position on the team just in time for your most important season in the history of your football program.

Instead of getting off to a great start and showing the world that you belong there, you're now proving what the naysayers have said all along, "non-AQ teams like Utah could never hack it in a BCS conference."


Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT


Griff Robles has never been a running back. He was a redshirt in 2009, then a backup QB in 2010 and he was moved to LB after spring ball in 2011. Now he is being moved back. I wouldn't really call that "willy nilly"

and dont EVER compare Kyle to Crowton again.


I have a legitimate question. Do you think it hurts Utah's chances of recruiting top QB's to their program, when the top QB's they have recruited in the past have all gotten switched to other positions? If I was a QB I don't know if I would be willing to take that chance and might pick somewhere else that isn't looking for "athletes" but is looking for legitimate QB's. This is pretty much the reason Utah is in the mess they are in right now, as far as I can see it. I feel for you, and I feel for Wynn.

American Fork, UT

As a lifelong Cougar fan who had to endure a 54-10 beat down, I could not be more pleased with how the Ute's season is turning out.

However, I am very glad to see the true Utah fans who still support their beloved team even when things aren't going as expected. I'm glad to see comments like "It's great to be a Ute" and "Go Utes".

The last thing BYU or Utah needs is a bunch of band wagoners who only support their teams when they are winning.

Bountiful, UT

@Kosta Fesenko
Griff was 3rd on the team in rushing last year with 17 carries for 118 yds in 4 games and spent no time under center. If he wasn't a RB what would you call him? He certainly wasn't playing QB.

And....now that you mention it....Kyle is starting to look like Gary Crowton the way he's jerking poor Griff Robles around like a rag doll. It's interesting that the local Utah media is totally ignoring the glaring fact that this whole fiasco is Kyle's fault. He took all your QB's and turned them into other positions and then thought a shaky 98 lb weakling and a Div2 QB would be good enough for the rigors of your first season in the Pac 12.

This is a monumental blunder by Kyle because the timing of it is so bad. Getting off to such an embarrassing start is setting the program back decades.

Blechen, Christopher and Robles all would be experienced, talented, athletic and more than capable backup QB's able to lead the offense without missing a beat if Kyle hadn't moved them all without a plan to replace them. Its the worst coaching decision in Utah football history.

Prep Fanatic
Los Angeles, CA

Utah needs to put in Griff and let him play. He was a stud of a quaterback when he played at Spanish Fork, but he really has been given no chance to play while at Utah. I think he has more to offer that Hays right now, especially with Norm Chow in the press box.

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